Author Archives: Kars

Announcing Camparc – a public space game for STRP

Over the course of the next two months we will be creating a new public space game commissioned by art and technology festival STRP. The game carries the working title Camparc and Hubbub codename FUNKOROGASHI. It will be playable September 12–14 at Strijp-S—a Philips industrial site converted into city neighbourhood. Read on below for a […]

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Week 255

This week started on a high note with the opening of restaurant De Klub at Vechtclub XL—the creative workspace in which our Utrecht studio is located. It is a lovely space serving good food and drink (including fine coffees) but most importantly a great place for serendipitous encounters with other Vechtclub residents and people from […]

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Five Behaviour Design Principles You Never Suspected Would Work

A while ago, I was invited by friend-of-the-studio Iskander Smit to speak at a Behavior Design Amsterdam meetup. Much of our work is related to behaviour change, but we try to steer clear of the reductionist thinking that is quite prevalent in the field. So I decided to use the opportunity of presenting to a […]

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A new direction for the studio

Today we’ve updated our front page and about page to reflect a new direction for the studio: digital product design for a playful world. The way we see it, playfulness has become an important quality for a wide range of products. It invites people into an experience, enables them to connect to others and express […]

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Week 253

We kicked off the week with a review of the latest sprint on Standing. The app now has a completely new look. Aside from a few final tweaks we deemed it ready to ship. For the next sprint we decided to focus on getting the web site aligned with the new look. That same day I […]

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Week 251

We kicked off this week on Tuesday following the extra-long Pentecost weekend with a review of the work that lead up to Standing’s launch at Mediamatic. After taking stock of the way it was received, we strategised a bit and settled on a direction for the next few iterations. We drew up a list of […]

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Week 249

This week’s focus was squarely on our celebration of Standing’s launch at Mediamatic. While Alper and Simon put the final touches on a live display showing all active standing sessions around the world, I got the word out about the event on social media, coordinated with the event producer and got a streaming setup put […]

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Announcing Standing – an app for playful activism

Today we are making Standing available for iPhone. Standing is an app for playful activism, which we have been working on intermittently since we first announced it back in August 2013. We are pleased to have it out there and are excited to see what people will do with it. With Standing, you can stand still […]

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Week 247

We focused on two projects this week: SHIJIMI and Standing (formerly known as AJI). For SHIJIMI, we wrote a proposal and had a meeting with Heijmans and Rezone to discuss it and other documents drafted earlier by them. Each is a position paper of sorts, and next we need to merge them all into one thing […]

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Week 245

Our collaboration with Subalekha (codenamed KEGANI) reached a milestone this week with the submission of a proposal to the Knight Foundation’s Prototype Fund. We talked through the draft proposal on Monday, made some final adjustments afterwards, and sent it in on Wednesday. It’s fingers crossed for now while we wait for a response. I spent […]

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